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The number of people living with HIV continues to grow

Report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Promising developments have been seen in recent years in global efforts to address the AIDS epidemic, including increased access to effective treatment and prevention programmes. However, the number of people living with HIV continues to grow, as does the number of deaths due to AIDS. A total of 39.5 million people were living with HIV in 2006, 6 million more than in 2004. This (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 November 2006


Indian Guinea Pigs for Sale: Outsourcing Clinical Trials

> India Resource Centre, Sep 2004 (...)

This article, which begins by exposing unapproved clinical trials of genetically engineered drugs in India, details some of the current trends for outsourcing clinical trials from the West. As well as presenting opinions from within the pharmaceutical and research sectors (for example, the benefit of using populations in developing countries which are “drug naïve”), it also looks at the ethical issues surrounding the practice, stressing the need for research which involves informed voluntary consent and is relevant to the host country’s most pressing health needs.  read

date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005


Activists Take Issue with WTO Decision on Cheap Drugs

> Other News, Dec 2005 (...)

Following the criticisms regarding the declaration at the Doha Cycle meant to allow access to generic drugs for poorer countries in cases of public health emergencies, a temporary measure was introduced in 2003 to allow poor countries to waive patents to import cheaper generic versions of drugs. This article describes the WTO’s decision to make this a permanent measure with a new accord, and why these proposals have drawn further criticism from NGOs and activists.


date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005

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